Preventing Car Break-ins

No neighborhood is immune from car-break ins.  It happens all over town.  Most often, car break-ins occur during the early morning hours when the risk of discovery is low.  Persons who commit these types of crimes can be juveniles on a dare, or addicts desperate for something to trade or pawn to support their habits.

Tips:

  • Secure your vehicle safely in the garage OR park your vehicle as close to the residence as possible.  If you park on the street, park in an area with good visibility and lighting.
    If you rent, report lighting/security problems to your landlord or property manager.
  • Do not leave anything in your vehicle that would tempt somebody to break in.  Remove valuables or secure them out of sight in your trunk.
  • If your car stereo has a removable face plate, remove it.  Do not leave CDs in the car.
  • Lock your car doors.  Some thieves go from car to car trying doors.  Chances are they will simply move on to the next car.  Unlocked vehicles provide places for people to sleep, hide, or engage in drug activity.
  • DO NOT confront the suspect.  DO NOT compromise your safety.  If you  are   in a car, flashing your high beams or honking your horn is enough to alert him of your  presence.   People will likely not commit crime when they know someone is watching.
  • Develop a telephone or e-mail “tree” of neighbors or tenants wishing to participate in a Neighborhood Hood  Secuirty Alerts.  Notify each other of criminal and suspicious activity so all can be aware and alert and take precautions.

PUT YOUR CAR KEYS BESIDE YOUR BED AT NIGHT!

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get into your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off and the horn will continue to sound either until you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: it’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation.   Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the remote unit. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are that the burglar/rapist won’t stick around…after a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there, and sure enough the criminal won’t want that! And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there.

REPORTING:

Non Emergencies Call:  713-221-6000:

You can report a car break-in over the phone by calling our sheriff’s office at 713-221-6000.

For Emergencies  Call: 9-1-1

For crimes in progress be prepared to give description of the person(s), vehicle, license plate number, location/ address of the crime.